Summer Salad with Grilled Shrimp


If you’re looking for a recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight but impressive enough to serve to guests, this summer salad has you covered. It’s loaded with bright flavors of tart raspberries, creamy avocados, salty cheese, and lemony grilled shrimp that are especially welcome after this year’s long, cold winter. Salad-with-Shrimp-Raspberry-and-Avocado The shrimp are ridiculously easy to make, thanks to Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Lemon Vinaigrette. The dressing is delightfully tart and has the perfect texture to work as a marinade. It only takes about a half hour for the shrimp to become infused with bright lemony flavor. I added some za’atar – one of my favorite seasoning blends – for a little bit of Middle Eastern flair. I love the idea of serving this salad as the centerpiece of a backyard barbecue – maybe for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Either grill the shrimp beforehand and serve them chilled, or keep them in the marinade and grill them just before you’re ready to eat. For an impressive presentation, use large shrimp (the ones pictured here are U15 count, meaning there are about 15 of them in a pound). Smaller shrimp are also perfectly acceptable; you’ll just have to adjust the grilling time so they don’t overcook. Grilled-Shrimp-Salad-with-Raspberries-and-Avocado

Summer Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 pound medium to large shrimp, cleaned
  • 1½ cups Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar seasoning
  • 1 head romaine, chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata, crumbled
  1. Add the shrimp and 1 cup of dressing to a large dish. Add the za'atar and stir well so the shrimp are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Meanwhile, soak some wooden skewers in water.
  2. Heat grill to 500ºF. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. And grill until done - the amount of time needed will depend on the size of your shrimp. Mine were large and took 7-8 minutes per side.
  3. Toss the chopped romaine, avocado, raspberries and ricotta salata with the remaining 1.2 cup of dressing. Top the salad with grilled shrimp.

Disclosure: I have been invited to participate in a Marzetti® ambassador program. This post is sponsored by Marzetti and product has been provided by them. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Thank you for helping support the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.


  1. Looks so light and refreshing. Pretty photos!

  2. This salad looks amazing! I love all that bright lemon flavor…yum!

  3. I use strawberries in salad all the time. But never a raspberry. Duh. Simple salad—but a wonderful variety of textures and colors. That was well thought out.

  4. This is lovely! The shrimp are beautiful & I always love salad with all those colors and yummy goodies in it!

  5. Yes indeed that says summer. GREG

  6. Don’t have to ask me twice – gimme!

  7. Um, this needs to happen this summer. Bookmarking it for sure!

  8. That vinaigrette sounds amazing! The shrimp look perfect!

  9. And forgot to add that it was so nice meeting you this weekend at BHF!!

  10. This is definitely my kind of salad!

  11. I’m so glad winter is over and it’s time to enjoy all our favorite light and flavorful salads again! Love that Marzetti dressing.

  12. This sounds incredible! Perfect for summer!

  13. I love seeing berries in salads. I’m so happy it is finally spring in NY!

  14. Ginny McMeans says:

    What a beautiful salad ( and the photos too!)

  15. Wow this salad is beautiful! Perfect for the summer!

  16. Gosh this salad is calling my name even if I don’t eat shrimps. It looks so vibrant, indeed screams summer.

  17. I saw this over the weekend and have been thinking about it ever since. Looks so delicious — and I have tons of shrimp I need to use up soon so I will have to try this.

  18. This is my kind of summer salad!

  19. Perfect summer salad! :)

  20. What a great summer salad! Love the flavors!

  21. za’atar all the things! Looks like the perfect summer meal.

  22. Beautiful! Love all the different colors and flavors!

  23. I love everything about this. It looks delicious!! Pinning!

  24. I love using salad dressing as a marinade and think that Marzetti’s is one of the best. What you’ve done with it should make them proud. The salad looks amazing.

  25. Oh my WORD! I’d like a dump truck filled with this salad dropped off on my doorstep, please!

  26. This looks amazing!!

Leave a Comment


Rate this recipe: